Olateju Adesida, Artistic Director – Olateju Adesida is a performance scholar with a BA and MA in Communications (Interpersonal, Performance Studies) from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University. She is a writer/adapter, performer and director with nearly twenty years of experience. She has performed and directed works at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Purdue University, and Northwestern University, Fehinty African Theatre Ensemble and with other community programs and organizations.
Ayo Lasisi is an actress and a youth program coordinator for FATE. Her passion to connect African and non-African youths to various African stories and culture is observed in her work as an actor and a coordinator. She also teaches Yoruba language – one of the many African languages – to children and adults. She enjoys reading, telling stories, singing, and most especially dancing. When she is not busy acting or teaching, she spends time at the beach and attends art and musical events in Chicago.
Philister Sidigu – 2016-2017 Artist-in-Residence, Philister Sidigu is a writer and director with an MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage from Northwestern University. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Film and Video Production from Columbia College Chicago having previously studied at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, OH. In May 2011 her play Suicide received a reading at Goodman Theatre. In addition, Philister’s play Lost was produced as part of Regina Taylor’s State(s) of America series. She is excited to be producing her first feature play, Wrecked, with FATE. Besides writing and filmmaking, Philister is a thrill-seeker and enjoys traveling and exploring the outdoors.